Skip to main content

The Spanish Tragedy for a Modern Audience

Item Preview

There Is No Preview Available For This Item

This item does not appear to have any files that can be experienced on Archive.org.

Show all files

texts
The Spanish Tragedy for a Modern Audience


Published 2006
SHOW MORE


A shortened version of Thomas Kyd's 1587 drama The Spanish Tragedy. This new version retains the blank verse, major plot line, and Elizabethan atmosphere, but makes the play easily understandable to modern audiences and readers.

From the Introduction:

The Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kyd was the first of the great Elizabethan revenge tragedies and was a major influence on Shakespeare when he wrote Hamlet fifteen years later. Both plays begin with a ghost and include a climactic play-within-a-play and a tragic hero who can't make up his mind.

My object in preparing this modern version of The Spanish Tragedy was to make an understandable and enjoyable version of the play while retaining an authentic Elizabethan feeling and without sacrificing too much of Kyd's exuberant style.

This version differs in the following ways from the first edition of 1592:

1. I've modernized the spelling and changed words and usages unfamiliar to the modern play-goer. I've removed or discretely translated all the Latin and minimized the extensive references to classical mythology.
2. I've shortened the longer speeches.
3. I've removed the two scenes located in Portugal and the Portuguese sub-plot involving Alexandro and Villuppo.
4. I've changed the order of several scenes in order to place the interval roughly in the middle of the play.
5. I've smoothed out and simplified several ambiguities.

But I've retained the blank verse and recognizable antique words. The play is about two thirds the length of the original, and about 95% of the words are Kyd's.


Year 2006
Language English
Collection opensource_media

comment
Reviews

Reviewer: Das Paradoxon - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 14, 2006
Subject: Very nice
"This hand first took his war horse by the reins."
- Lorenzo

A must for every fan of this way of "ancient" english !
In Collection
Community Media
Uploaded by
egrx
on 7/14/2006
Views
3,308
Favorites
2
Reviews
1
SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata)
Community Video
by Nicole Champion
movies
eye 791
favorite 1
comment 0
Community Video
movies
eye 39
favorite 0
comment 0
Community Video
movies
eye 27
favorite 0
comment 0
Community Video
movies
eye 46
favorite 0
comment 0
blip.tv
movies
eye 18
favorite 0
comment 0
blip.tv
movies
eye 19
favorite 0
comment 0
blip.tv
movies
eye 21
favorite 0
comment 0
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
audio
eye 5,614
favorite 2
comment 0
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
Community Audio
audio
eye 104
favorite 0
comment 0